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HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Coincidences, a solo exhibition featuring Patrick Pietropoli and his vision of when architecture and the figure collide. This show presents an entirely new body of work—one that takes the typical subject matter of the vedutisti and transforms it.
Vedutisti is an Italian word for painters whose canvases are as vast as they are intricate; these artists produce large works of sweeping vistas without sacrificing a single detail. Whether bustling cityscapes or ceremonial interiors, their scenes always depict architecture and figures with astonishing accuracy. Pietropoli is internationally recognized for his exceptional skill among contemporary vedutisti painters. With this collection, he gives a surrealistic spin to the historic genre.
Inspired as ever by what he describes as “the entanglement of complex shapes,” Pietropoli here eschews the usual formula of architecture and the figure to give us architecture within the figure. He even plays with the very concept of architecture—sometimes referring to what we might expect, such as a coffered ceiling or French facade; occasionally evoking the distinct framework of modern furniture; and other times referencing the structure of art history itself, inserting famous paintings and archetypes into his precise silhouettes. Like looking through a stereoscope, the silhouettes are cut-out windows into another dimension.
Discussing this compelling body of work, Pietropoli offered a quotation by Isidore Ducasse, a writer celebrated by the surrealists: “…beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissection table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.” This aphorism captures the essence of his new collection—an esoteric collage of images ripe with wit and talent. Rather than burden his paintings with prefabricated analysis, Pietropoli intends for viewers to decrypt each canvas in their own ways. And these works are certainly worth contemplating for years to come, as they slowly unfold in painted layers.
HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com.
Pietropoli was a teacher of political studies for several years before becoming a professional artist. Trained as both a painter and a sculptor, his oil paintings on linen have both an antique feel and a very contemporary freeness. Drawing inspiration from the style of old masters such as Titian and Velasquez, Pietropoli creates grand figural compositions and cityscapes. With small amounts of paint and restricted palette, he brings an intimate texture and space to his paintings. His nudes capture a moment in time where he defines the relationship between form and freedom. To the viewer, a simple color field becomes a stable wall behind the figure. Each painting, due to its observed patience, is timeless.
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